With today's side deal, $10 gets you $20 worth of creative breakfast and lunch fare at Bongo Room, a restaurant that has been treating the taste buds of Chicago's early- and moderately early-rising birds for 17 years. Bongo Room is open daily, serving breakfast Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is offered on weekdays after 11 a.m. until close at 2 p.m. This Groupon is only good at Bongo Room's newly opened Wabash location.
Menus at Bongo Room are seasonal and may change based on the time of year and certain impenetrable quantum equations; however, its fall 2009 breakfast menu provides an insight into what brunchy delights await. Sink into a stack of red-velvet hotcakes topped with warm vanilla crème and toasted walnuts ($9.50), or apple-tarte-tatin pancakes, served with caramelized apples, vanilla-bean whipped cream, and a dark caramel sauce ($9.50). If you prefer to pep your morning step the savory way, try a breakfast burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, guacamole, melted cheese, and sour cream, wrapped in a cilantro-jalapeño tortilla with salsa on the side ($8.25); or build your own omelette by selecting three ingredients from Bongo Room's long list of fresh veggies, cheeses, and meats ($10.25). Extra ingredients may be added for an extra $1 each, and your omelette can be made with egg whites for an additional charge.
Bongo Room's lunch offerings include imaginative twists on classic sandwiches, such as the chicken and avocado club, smothered with pineapple salsa and cilantro-lime mayo ($9.95), and the maple and mustard pork-loin sandwich, topped with smoked gouda, apple-jicama relish, and rosemary-cranberry aioli ($10.25). All sandwiches are served with your choice of hash browns, potato salad, Caesar salad, or mixed greens. Bongo Room also offers a variety of gourmet salads, including the baby-spinach, golden-beet, and duck-confit salads ($12.50), as well as the roasted-tenderloin-of-beef-Nicoise salad ($12.75). Salads are served with demi-baguettes and tend to make customers feel healthier and fuller of leaves.
Only two Groupons may be purchased for yourself, but additional may be purchased as gifts.
Both Centerstage Chicago and Time Out Chicago recognize the South Loop Bongo Room as a hot brunch spot. TripAdvisors and a whopping 275 Yelpers give it four stars, while 81% of 190 Urbanspooners recommend it. Hungry Menuism users went all the way to a 4.5.
- This South Loop spin-off satiates the need for a hearty brunch just as deliciously as the original in Wicker Park. Owners Derek Robles and John Latino, who know when they have a good thing going, have given their second location the same sunny, urban feel and an identical menu to boot. – Joanne Hinkel, Centerstage Chicago
- always a solid choice for breakfast or brunch. one of my favorite places in the south loop. watch out for the lines, though – it can get so crowded! – tulips500, Menuism
- This restaurant is the best breakfast in all of Chicago! – Jodellefitzh20, TripAdvisor